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  1. #1
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    email from "X" domain is labeled as SPAM by hotmail and google ( MX records? )

    Hello everybody,

    One of my hosted domains have an email problem, every email account that is hosted on that site, is able to send and recieve email, but when sending to gmail or hotmail, it is delivered as SPAM.

    Someone told me it is because this domain doesnt have a MX record at the DNS zone..

    What is the sintax for the MX record ? I have enterd A(ddress) and CNAME records, but never MX records.. can anyone tell me how to do it so I can send mail in the way it should be.

    Thanks.

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    If you didn't have an MX record you would probably not be receiving some mail.
    Have you checked to see if your ip is on any rbls ? Have you looked at the header of the email that arrives at gmail/hotmail ? Hard to really help you with the domain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sh4ka
    Someone told me it is because this domain doesnt have a MX record at the DNS zone..
    More likely a SPF record ? You might want to check this site http://www.openspf.org/
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    Exclamation

    I tried the SPF record, but I don't know if it is ok.
    This may help, it is my dns zone for this domain:

    Code:
    [[email protected]:~]cat db.domain.com
    $ORIGIN .
    $TTL 3600       ; 1 hour
    db.domain.com    IN SOA  ns1.mydns.com. root.ns1.mydns.com. (
                                    2005102133 ; serial
                                    3600       ; refresh (1 hour)
                                    600        ; retry (10 minutes)
                                    86400      ; expire (1 day)
                                    3600       ; minimum (1 hour)
                                    )
    $TTL 86400      ; 1 day
                            NS      ns1.mydns.com.
                            NS      ns2.mydns.com.
                            A       201.98.xx.xx
    $ORIGIN domain.com.
    ftp                     A       201.98.xx.xx
    mail                    A       201.98.xx.xx
    www                     A       201.98.xx.xx
    
    domain.com. IN TXT "v=spf1 a"

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    Yep, that's about it for a basic SPF record...

    As pointed out... you probably dont receive mail for this domain if you have no MX records.

    for my particular zone.. here's the entries in my zone file for my MX records and SPF record.

    IN MX 1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
    IN MX 5 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
    IN MX 5 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
    IN MX 10 ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
    IN MX 10 ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
    IN MX 10 ASPMX4.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
    IN MX 10 ASPMX5.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
    IN TXT "v=spf1 a mx ~all"

    As you can see, I use Google Apps/ie GMail for Domains for my domain...
    the SPF record also states that mail can come from any hosts matching the MX records, and that combined list should contain all the hosts that would deliver mail for the domain and anything else sending mail from my domain should result in a softfail on an SPF check.

    The lowest number in the MX record (1,5,10s in the examles above) has the highest precedence.

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    Thanks Lightwave, what about MX configuration for HOTMAIL mail servers ?

  7. #7
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    I didn't think HotMail did email services for 3rd party domains.

    Well, it's done under the Windows Live services stuff...

    So, your asking about setting up HotMail as the MX records for your domain seems, uh, wrong somewhere...Why

    Why would anyone use HotMail anyways? :p
    (Ok, I'm still bitter about going to an interview for HotMail being told to dress casual then getting chewed out for dressing casual and not wearing a suit. With them telling me Bill Gates would never do that.)

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